New Puppy/Kitten Exams
Congratulations! Adding a new puppy or kitten to your family is an exciting event with many fulfilling years of special companionship ahead of you. Puppies and kittens come with a lot of responsibility and that’s why we at the Animal Hospital of Padre Island are here to help you care for the new addition to your family.
It’s important to bring your puppy or kitten in for a full nose-to-tail exam, and to get them familiar with our veterinary hospital from a young age. There are numerous topics to be aware of and discuss, including vaccinations, nutrition, behavioral training, socialization, and many more. Call us today and we can give you all the information you need to care for your puppy or kitten.
We are so happy that you have found another member of your family, and we are excited to meet them!
Regular check-up exams are just as important for your pet as they are for you. When you bring your pet in for a check-up, your veterinarian is able to develop a clear picture of your pet’s overall health and wellness. We recommend your pet have at least one regular check-up each year, though more frequent exams are better. During a wellness exam, your veterinarian will listen to your pet’s heart and lungs, evaluate your pet’s vision, check for unusual lumps or swelling, look inside the mouth and ears and evaluate your pet’s joints and muscles. Blood work also may be recommended. Wellness exams can spot health problems before they become more serious or difficult to treat. A routine exam is an excellent time to talk to your veterinarian about behavioral issues, nutritional recommendations and any health issues related to your pet.
Senior Pet Exams
As animals move into the senior phase of life, they experience changes that are very similar to aging humans. Diseases and conditions commonly known to affect older people also affect our canine and feline companions, including kidney, heart, and liver disease; tumors; cancer; diabetes; depression; arthritis; thyroid conditions; hormonal problems; neuroses and loss of sensory perception. Understanding these changes and how you can provide for your pet’s needs are essential to quality of life.
Senior Wellness Exams
Provide hidden answers. Studies have shown that as many as 20 percent of senior dogs that appear healthy upon physical examination have an underlying disease. Once symptoms appear, the conditions may be too difficult or costly to diagnose or treat. A semi-annual senior wellness exam can include laboratory tests so sensitive they can detect the onset of diseases and conditions early, when treatment and prevention are most effective.